The poet Theodore Roethke once wrote, “I dream of journeys repeatedly.”
It’s a common human impulse–to advance beyond the quotidian demands of our lives, to immerse ourselves in cultures other than our own, wide-eyed and curious, travelers in the great human drama.
And anyone who has ever shared Roethke’s dream knows that a good bag is a must for any seasoned traveler.
The Wood & Faulk Northwesterner–made in Portland of leather and waxed canvas–is a sterling example. Small enough to nestle securely in an airplane’s overhead bin but large enough to accommodate all of a gentleman’s basic material needs, it’s the ideal bag for anything from a simple overnight trip to a minimalist multi-day excursion.
The bag comes in a variety of sizes (12″, 16″ and 20″) and color combinations. Mine–one of this year’s Christmas presents–is the 20″ gray cotton with tan leather. In truth, the leather is a little deeper and richer in color than tan connotes, closer in shade to cognac.
At first blush, it’s a remarkable bag, and I’m looking forward to a lifetime of journeys with it by my side.